Lupita in Emerald

I first met Lupita Nyong’O in London when we did press together for 12 Years A Slave in London last October (you can read all about that here).

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She has since become the darling of 2014 awards season, not only because of her phenomenal performance in the film, but how she seems to scene-steal every red carpet event she walks upon!

Before I tell you about the make-up details, I must say that one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is spending time with a talented woman in the first glorious rays of recognition, and being fortunate enough to play a small part of how they are forever remembered at that special time, via the paparazzi’s lens.

Seeing Lupita again for the Bafta 2014 weekend was wonderful and her nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as the EE Rising Star Award meant that all eyes would be on her, her dress-and her make-up!

Her gown, as you all know by now was spectacular. Emerald Dior couture- isn’t that the most glorious of colours and let’s just tell it, few people wear colours like this Kenyan beauty.

Here’s what Make-up I used:


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra (shade 15) as a sheer fluid base.

Lancome Air De Teint (shade 13) under and around the eyes and at the top of the cheekbones.

I mixed the 2 Lancome palettes below together to create a smouldering dark green..

About Me

Thandi Kay

Actress, Blogger & Traveler

Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano met nearly 10 years ago on a shoot for UK Vogue (see ‘Our First Shoot Together’ post here). Since then a strong friendship has grown out of countless professional collaborations in fashion, beauty, red carpet, on stage and screen.